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New era Ceredigion Council’s for Ethics and Standards Committee

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THE ETHICS and Standards Committee has recently welcomed four new members following the end of term of two others.

Chair Eddie Ffoulkes-Jones and Vice-chair Stephen Cripps gave 10 years’ service to the Committee between 2008 and 2018 and departed in February 2018. In their place, sees Chair Hywel Wyn Jones and Vice-chair Caroline White. Two new independent members, Carol Edwards and John Weston, have also been appointed.

Eifion Evans, Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council told The Ceredigion Herald:  “Ceredigion County Council has benefitted from a decade of excellent advice and guidance from the members of the Ethics and Standards Committee under the Chairmanship of Eddie Foulkes Jones and we are deeply indebted to him, Vice-Chair Stephen Cripps and the committee members. However, we are now embarking on a new era with four new members of the committee.  Their input to the function of the Ethics and Standards Committee will be greatly appreciated and we look forward with confidence that the Council will continue to function effectively and efficiently in an open and transparent manner.”

Commenting on his appointment as Chairman of the Committee, Hywel Wyn Jones said: “I feel honoured to have been appointed as chair of Ceredigion County Council’s Ethics and Standards Committee and look forward to carrying on the excellent lead of my predecessor, Eddie Foulkes Jones, and to working with my colleagues, comprising both Elected Members and independent appointees, to maintain the high ethical standards that have been set”.

The members of the Committee have a clear vision for the future. Hywel Wyn Jones continued: “An important part of the committee’s work is to consider applications by councillors for dispensation to take part in debates on issues in which they may have some personal and prejudicial interest. In these cases, we are always aware of the need to enable members to represent and speak for their electors, except when their personal situation makes that inappropriate.”

Ceredigion County Council Chairman, Councillor Lynford Thomas, added: “Our thanks go to Eddie and Stephen who have given of their time to contribute to the Committee and we welcome the new members.”

Hywel Wyn Jones concluded: “The issue of ethical standards in public life has had a great deal of media attention recently, and Standards Committees of local authorities exist to do all that is possible to promote and safeguard the standards that the public rightly expect from their elected representatives. Ceredigion has a good record of compliance, and I’m confident that this can continue, despite the heavy pressures that members are under, particularly due to the severe financial cuts facing our councils.”

Hywel Wyn Jones Chaired his first Committee on 06 April 2018. The Committee is an open meeting, made up of five independent members, two county councillors and two community councillors. Meeting quarterly, papers for the Ethics and Standards Committee can be seen on the Council’s website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk

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Man sentenced following Tregaron assault

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FOLLOWING a report of an assault in Tregaron on Tuesday, April 3, Dyfed-Powys Police has arrested and charged Saul Rownan Henvey, aged 42, of Chapel Street, Tregaron, with common assault.

He was arrested following the incident, for which the victim required hospital treatment.

Henvey appeared before Llanelli Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, April 6.

He received a three month sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also given a 12 month supervisory order and ordered to undergo 30 days of rehabilitation requirements.

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Motorbike safety campaign launched across Wales

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A CAMPAIGN aimed at reducing the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads is underway across Wales.

As the weather improves police see more bikers on the roads, taking advantage of the beautiful routes across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

Dyfed-Powys Police is urging motorcyclists to ride safely and warns that until October there will be an increased focus as part of the campaign, named Op Darwen.

Superintendent Huw Meredith, Head of Specialist Operations, said: “Motorcyclists have long been identified as particularly vulnerable road users and reducing the number of road deaths and casualties on the roads of Dyfed-Powys is a priority for our Roads Policing Units.

“We have always welcomed motorcyclists from outside our borders to enjoy the magnificent landscape, but they must be aware that Dyfed-Powys Police is doing all it can to ensure our roads are used safely by all, with our Roads Policing Units taking robust action to prevent fatal or serious road traffic collisions on our roads.

“Everyone must take responsibility for their own and others safety on our roads and be aware of their riding and driving manner. Action will be taken against anyone choosing to ride or drive anti-socially, recklessly or illegally on our roads.

“Our officers see far too many tragedies, many preventable. Roads Policing officers will be out in numbers throughout Dyfed-Powys using a combination of education, engagement and enforcement to prevent further tragedies.”

Officers will also be encouraging riders to improve their biking skills by taking part in BikeSafe workshops, which
offer an insight into what can be achieved with further advanced training. The workshops, run by police forces around the UK, use a mix of discussions, on-road observed rides and information videos. They are designed to enhance the skills of all riders who have already passed their tests and are suitable for all abilities, from the most seasoned rider to those returning to biking after a period of absence.

Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates praised the campaign: “Our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the world.

“However, the number of motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured is still too high.

“Campaigns like this are a key part of a wider range of measures aimed at making our roads safer and preventing future motorcycling casualties. This holistic approach includes ensuring motorcyclists are prioritised in our road safety funding, supporting Go Safe’s operation of speed cameras and funding local authorities to deliver Bikesafe and other motorcyclist training.”

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‘Race hate’ case will be heard at Crown Court

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A BRYNAMMAN man who allegedly called for all Muslims to be ‘forcibly sterilised and banned from preaching their ‘evil creed’ in a social media post will have his case heard at Crown Court.

It s alleged that 34-year-old Jonathan Jennings posted nine offensive or threatening comments between March and April last year.

These are said to include threatening to ‘Jo Cox’ Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, hailing a man jailed for kicking a pregnant Muslim woman in the stomach as ‘a National Hero’ and suggesting that bombing mosques and ‘putting Muslim on top of bonfires’ were ‘great ideas’.

It is alleged that he said Hitler was born 100 years too soon, and called for Gina Miller to be ‘hunted down and executed’ over her stance on Brexit.

Appearing at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court wearing a blue military greatcoat, purple shirt, and yellow striped tie, Jennings, of Heol y Gelynen, spoke only to give the court his name, age and address.

Jennings’ solicitor said that he would not be entering a plea at this stage.

The District Judge declined jurisdiction, and Jennings was released on bail until May 18 at Swansea Crown Court, on condition that he does not post or repost anything on social media, or create any new accounts.

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